Coloured pencils and oil pastels lend themselves to out-of-focus subject matter. Together you can use them for bold or very subtle mark-making. Indeed, you can make entirely blurry (or soft focus) drawings.
A soft-focus drawing becomes an abstract composition. One can concentrate on composition; balance, colours and shapes without being bogged down by detail. There is a lot of room for interpretation in this sort of drawing as the less detail there is in a source photo, the more opportunity there is to use one’s imagination. There are no hard and fast lines to follow and no absolute borders. You could say it is a kind of impressionism, made with coloured pencils mixed with oil pastels.
Below are some recent soft-focus or “mixed media impressionism” drawings. Because these drawings have elements of abstraction and realism, I call the style Abstract Realism.
Soft-focus drawings from 2017…
In some drawings most of the area is treated in an impressionist way with just the closest subject in sharp focus. I like the contrast of these two states.
Drawings from 2018…
Oil pastels and coloured pencils make up my mixed media…but this kind of very soft-focus may also be created with coloured pencils by themselves, as in “Overcast”.
To understand my technique, see the post Brush and Pencil.
See “My Art Materials” page for more information.